Central Statistical Office Zambia

2020 Census Mapping to be rolled out.....as CSO commences Questionnaire Content Consultative Process with Stakeholders

Government through the Central Statistical Office (CSO) will next year, 2020 conduct the Census of Population and Housing. The 2020 Census preparations are in three key phases namely; Pre-Census Stage, Census Enumeration Stage and the Post Census Stage. Some of the pre census activities include the Census Mapping Exercise and the 2020 Census Questionnaire Content Consultative Process.

Census Mapping Exercise

The Ministry of National Development Planning, through the Central Statistical Office (CSO) will be conducting a full scale national rollout mapping exercise to cover each and every district of Zambia prior to the main Census in August 2020.

Following the successful completion of a pilot Census Mapping exercise that was conducted in Chongwe and Lusaka districts of Lusaka Province, the rollout Census Mapping exercise will begin with the remaining districts of Lusaka Province covering Kafue, Chirundu, Chilanga, Rufunsa and Luangwa districts. The exercise in these districts will start in the fourth week of May 2019.

The Census Mapping and Listing is an important undertaking and is basically a geographic listing process where a frame of all housing units including vacant ones, all nonresidential buildings, buildings under construction, schools, health facilities, municipal water systems, wastewater treatment facilities public transit stations, warehouses and boreholes, other structures and prominent features in an area will be compiled.

2020 Census Questionnaire Content Consultations

Meanwhile, the Central Statistical Office is conducting the Questionnaire Content Consultative stakeholders meetings in order to provide a platform where different institutions from the private and public sectors, civil society organizations, cooperating partners, higher learning institutions among others, to present their views on the 2020 census questionnaire content. >>Click here to download the schedule.

The 2020 Census Questionnaire Content Consultative Process with Stakeholders was launched by the Ministry of National Development Planning, Permanent Secretary (Development Planning and Administration) Mr. Chola Chabala, on 23rd May 2019 in Lusaka. 25 | Page The Permanent Secretary underscored the main goal of the 2020 Census Questionnaire Content Consultative Process as to consult data users and stakeholders across Zambia for views on the type and extent of socio-economic information they believe the census should provide.

"This consultation is the first step towards understanding what is needed from the 2020 Census of Population and Housing. We will actively engage with you on all aspects of the 2020 Census content and pretesting mechanisms throughout the design phases until the final publication of the census questionnaire in the Government gazette. A final consultation will be held to present a report on findings of submissions for various data needs before the census day" he told the meeting".

He further said, as part of the process, CSO will be reviewing the current content of the questionnaire to be sure it reflects the desired contents and that it meets the aspirations (fit for purpose) of users and stakeholders.

The Permanent Secretary, emphasized that anyone can take part in this public consultation, and the Central Statistical Office is encouraging people to respond online on their current proposals concerning the 2020 census questionnaire content. 

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